It didn't start out like anything would happen today. I didn't get out of bed until 11am. Since I didn't have anything out for breakfast, I just heat up the last tomato soup I had. Later I went out to get some groceries to last the next couple of days. I really need to spend $3 more at the store so I can get $0.10/gallon off gas somewhere.
By the time I finished microwaving and eating lunch it was almost 3pm but the weather was clearing up. So I decided I should actually go out and do something.
I went to the International Test Rose Garden or whatever it's called and also the Japanese Garden, which are all part of the same Washington Park complex. Maybe since it was Saturday afternoon parking was atrocious. I typically avoid parallel parking, but I couldn't in this case. Fortunately it wasn't too crowded between the cars so I could get in pretty easily, though I had to get out a couple times to see how much space I had behind me. Some old lady in a wheelchair complained to her daughter or whoever because I had parked near where the bus loads and boo hoo how is she going to get on the bus? I'm not the one who designed the parking lot and bus loading zones so stupidly. She must have got on the bus because she wasn't there later.
Anyway, here's the rose garden. I might have enjoyed it more if I could smell. Or maybe not, though roses are supposed to smell good, right?
Then I walked over to the Japanese Garden. Which the stupid guidebook didn't say (again!) that I'd have to walk a freaking quarter mile UPHILL. I guess that was good later as I could go downhill then.
Anyway, there's the Japanese Garden. Maybe if it weren't Saturday there would be less people so I could go meditate and go all Zen and stuff.
I decided I might as well go to Mt. Tabor Park, where I hoped to get some decent pics of the city. To get there I had to go through most of the city it seemed like, so I got a lot of random pics of Portland. I passed Powell's Books, which is one of the largest indie bookstores. Too bad I didn't bring some of my books to ask them to sell. Think they'd let me read some of my erotica books there?
There was a flea market or whatever I guess early in the day, but when I went by it was just a bunch of bums hanging out by the gates. The cops should really go roust all those people.
I had to do more walking UPHILL to get to the top of the mountain. Then it was really disappointing. It's mostly trees! There are a couple little glimpses of the city but the weather was too hazy to get decent pictures. So mostly it was a waste of time.
But hey, you can't say I didn't do nothing in Portland. Now I'll probably spend the next two days doing nothing except laundry.
BTW, I started this entry at about 7pm PST and it's 4:40am PST. That's how freaking slow this motel wifi is.